EU: Kosovo to immediately withdraw higher import tariffs, Serbia sends request to CEFTA

Kosovo’s government must immediately withdraw its “provocative and offensive” decision on higher import taxes on goods from Serbia and Bosnia, Maja Kocijancic, the spokesperson for the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, said on Tuesday.

She added the EU was clear from the beginning that the 100 per cent increase on import tariffs was a violation of both CEFTA and the Stabilisation and Association Agreement.

“The Kosovo authorities must immediately withdraw this measure. All actions, measures and statements that are provocative and offensive are deeply upsetting and do not contribute to the dialogue on normalisation of relations (between Belgrade and Pristina),” Kocijancic said.

Kocijancic added all complaints from either side should be solved through dialogue.

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Also, the Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic has said that she sent a formal request to the CEFTA Secretariat for direct consultations under the auspices of CEFTA Joint Committee in order to resolve the ongoing trade problem between Serbia and Kosovo which, she added, was created by Pristina by introducing 100% per cent higher import tariffs on Serbian goods thus violating the CEFTA agreement.

“They (Kosovo’s authorities) have 90 days as of tomorrow to solve the problem through direct consultation within the CEFTA Committee,” Brnabic told reporters, adding she expected a quick CEFTA reaction since, as she said, Serbia fully respected the agreement.

Brnabic said she also sent the same request to UNMIK (the UN administration in Kosovo, which is one of the signatories to the agreement), and the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres.

She added that Serbia and Bosnia would cooperate “to restore a normal situation.”

Earlier, Belgrade and Sarajevo confirmed that they would not introduce any retaliatory measure against Kosovo.

(N1, 27.11.2018)



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